Gregorio Luperón International Airport

Gregorio Luperón International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional Gregorio Luperón) (IATA: POP, ICAO: MDPP), also known as Puerto Plata Airport, is located in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. It is the Dominican Republic's fourth busiest airport by passenger traffic and aircraft movements, after Punta Cana, Santo Domingo and Santiago de los Caballeros airports. The airport is named after General Gregorio Luperón, a Dominican military and state leader. Capable of handling planes of all sizes, Puerto Plata Airport has benefited from being in an area with many beaches, which are popular among charter airline passengers. The popularity of the city where it is located has also drawn a number of regularly scheduled passenger airlines over the years.

Gregorio Luperón
International Airport

Aeropuerto Internacional Gregorio Luperón
Puerto Plata Airport 1.JPG
Summary
Airport typePublic / Military
OperatorAeropuertos Dominicanos Siglo XXI S.A. (Aerodom)
LocationSosua, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Elevation AMSL16 ft / 5 m
Coordinates19°45′28″N 70°34′12″W / 19.75778°N 70.57000°W / 19.75778; -70.57000Coordinates: 19°45′28″N 70°34′12″W / 19.75778°N 70.57000°W / 19.75778; -70.57000
Websiteaerodom.com
Map
MDPP is located in the Dominican Republic
MDPP
MDPP
Location of airport in Dominican Republic
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 3,081 10,108 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passengers875,941
Aircraft Operations4,811
Sources: Departamento Aeroportuario[1] WAD[2] GCM[3]

HistoryEdit

The facility opened in 1979 with the purpose of boosting tourism in the North region, it has a track 3,081 meters long x 46 meters wide, with the capacity to receive wide-body aircraft, including B-747 and A-340.

FacilitiesEdit

The main terminal building has 10 gates: 5 with boarding bridges on the satellite concourse, and 2 boarding bridges and 3 without in the frontal concourse. The terminal was recently[when?] remodeled with new floors, escalators, immigration hall, departure hall and duty-free areas along with restaurants. The terminal can support 4 Boeing 747-400s simultaneously after renovations to the airport made in 2013/14.[4]

Airlines and destinationsEdit

AirlinesDestinations
Air Canada Rouge Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
Air Europa Madrid
Air Transat Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Halifax, Hamilton, London (ON), Ottawa, Québec City
American Airlines Miami
Seasonal: Charlotte
Condor Seasonal: Frankfurt1
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zurich (resumes 19 January 2021)[5]
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
InterCaribbean Airways Providenciales
JetBlue New York–JFK
Seasonal: Boston
Nordwind Airlines Charter: Moscow–Sheremetyevo
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal charter: Warsaw-Chopin
Sunwing Airlines Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Bagotville, Ottawa, Quebec City, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
TUI fly Belgium Brussels2
TUI fly Nordic Seasonal charter: Copenhagen, Stockholm–Arlanda
United Airlines Newark
WestJet Toronto–Pearson
Notes
  • ^1 Condor's flight from Puerto Plata to Frankfurt flies via Santo Domingo, however, the flight from Frankfurt to Puerto Plata is nonstop.
  • ^2 TUI fly Belgium's flight incoming from Brussels flies via Santo Domingo, however, the flight from Puerto Plata to Brussels is nonstop.

StatisticsEdit

Top Routes from Puerto Plata
(2019)
[6]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1   Toronto 184,993 Air Canada Rouge, Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines, WestJet
2   Miami 123,177 American Airlines
3   Montreal 121,177 Air Canada Rouge, Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines
4   New York City 109,137 JetBlue
5   Newark 66,247 United Airlines
6   Dusseldorf 49,994 Eurowings
7   Moscow 31,388 Nordwind Airlines
8   Charlotte 17,061 American Airlines
9   Ottawa 11,802 Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines
10   Brussels 11,099 TUI fly Belgium
11   Quebec City 10,042 Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines
12   Halifax 10,365 Air Transat
13   Boston 8,048 JetBlue
14   Warsaw 7,641 LOT Polish Airlines
15   Helsinki 7,247 Finnair
16   Winnipeg 5,313 Sunwing Airlines
17   Stockhom 4,948 TUI fly Nordic
18   Copenhagen 4,446 TUI fly Nordic
19   Frankfurt 4,359 Condor
20   Hamilton 4,145 Air Transat

CargoEdit

AirlinesDestinations
Amerijet Miami, Santiago de los Caballeros
DHL Aviation Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo–Las Américas
IBC Airways Miami

IncidentsEdit

  • On February 6, 1996, Birgenair Flight 301 was bound for Frankfurt, Germany, but crashed shortly after take-off from Puerto Plata Airport into the Atlantic Ocean 26 kilometres off-shore. All 176 passengers and 13 crew members, among them 164 Germans, were killed. It was discovered later that one of the air speed indicators of the Boeing 757-200 was not working properly, confusing the pilots about whether the aircraft's speed was too fast or too slow.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Departamento Aeroportuario - 2008 passenger statistics[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Airport information for Gregorio Luperón International Airport at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
  3. ^ Airport information for Gregorio Luperón International Airport at Great Circle Mapper.
  4. ^ "Puerto Plata Gregorio Luperon Airport". www.puerto-plata-airport.com. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  5. ^ Aerotelegraph from March 5th, 2020
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-02-16. Retrieved 2017-09-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

External linksEdit

  Media related to Gregorio Luperón International Airport at Wikimedia Commons